Students accept the science challenge
Scientifically-minded local high school students will put their skills to the test this week in the North Queensland Science and Engineering Challenge.
The Challenge is run in conjunction with the University of Newcastle’s and is a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outreach program.
Hosted by James Cook University, it is designed to give the participating students a more realistic view of what a career in technology would involve.
It will test students with a range of fun science activities, such as Mission to Mars & Grasping at Straws.
The event will involve about 450 students from Years 9 and 10 and will be held on April 30 and May 1 at the Refectory, on JCU’s Townsville campus.
Regional Chair of the North Queensland Challenge Coordinating Committee, JCU’s Vivian Doherty said all activities were designed to show students how science was both fun and practical.
“The Challenge is a fun event where students are able to experience the practical side of science and engineering. While theory is a vital part of this work, it is just as important to be innovative and creative,” Ms Doherty said.
“We need to inspire young people and show them that creativity is an integral part of any career in science and engineering.
“The Challenge will get underway at 9.30 am and conclude at about 2.30pm with the spectacular testing of the bridges.”